Taking Myself Out to Dinner

A while back, I got two coupons to a local restaurant called Sur Lie, each for $15 but worth $30. I thought l could use both when going out to dinner for a friend’s birthday at the end of July, but I hadn’t read the fine print - only one coupon per visit. This left me unexpectedly with an extra coupon. My first inclinations were to sell it to someone, or find someone to accompany me for another trip. Except it expired at the end of August, and it was a busy month. I didn't know if I would be able to coordinate with someone else in time. Only then did the obvious solution occur to me: l could go out by myself. Or maybe it’s not so obvious. We're taught so often that being alone means we shoul

Taking Responsibility

Do your ever feel like other people or events are the reason you eat something, or eat more than you need or want? A loving relative piles food onto your plate, and you eat it so as not to give offense. Someone brings your favorite dessert to the office or to a social gathering. You see an ad for some food that looks so appealing you have to go out and buy it, even if you weren't thinking about it before. Or someone tells you not to have something, and in a spirit of rebellion, you eat it. These are all things I've done, especially the last one. The problem was how l felt afterward. Physically, I was often uncomfortable because of eating too much, and emotionally I felt guilty but also angry

Stopping When Still Hungry

Do you ever find that a little while after you stop eating, you feel more full than you did after you finished your meal, sometimes even uncomfortable from too much food? Do you ever wonder why this happens? One of the main reasons for this is that if you’re out of practice with mindful eating, it can be very difficult to identify the point when you’ve had enough. This is especially true if you’re eating fairly quickly and the fullness cues haven't caught up to your brain. Until it does, it makes sense to keep eating, doesn’t it? After all, who wants to stop eating when they're still hungry? Odd as might sound, stopping when still a little hungry is sometimes a good thing to do. It can give

Putting Out the Welcome Plate

When you have out-of-town guests coming, what’s one of the first things you do? If you’re like me, you think about what you’re going to feed them. But do you focus on the food you normally eat, or do you instead use it as an excuse for things you wouldn’t normally have, particularly sweets? I’ve been thinking about this recently because my office at work has had a run of visitors, which is unusual, although coming to Maine in the summer certainly has its advantages. And I immediately noticed change to the food in the kitchen. For instance, the candy jar. This has been empty for months, since the last of the Easter candy disappeared, but when our first round of guests came, it filled right ba

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